Grade Two Yorkshire Rose Mares Hurdle Guide 2022

Doncaster - January 29 2022
Doncaster 14:10
Bryony Frost


J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 7
Weight: 11-8
OR: 146
Days: 54

The highest rated mare in the field, who is considerably higher rated than most of these, resulting in her having a 6lb penalty to carry in this.

The Paul Nicholls mare is already a course and distance winner previously, winning this race in fine style last season, beating some talented mares in their own right by just over 4 lengths.

She has had the two runs this season already, coming second on seasonal debut at Wetherby behind Molly Ollys Wishes (Who has since come out and won a Grade 2 at Ascot last weekend) and winning a class 3 mares handicap hurdle at Ludlow last time out, just getting the better of Voice Of Calm at the line to win by a nose.

To the eye that form looks bare and question marks might be made on why she is currently odds-on favourite in this, but she was very reluctant to race at the start of her last run and lost at least 10 lengths when they were sent off.

Angus Cheleda who ride her that day was cool and calm, plugging away on the mare who was incredibly game to challenge with 2 to jump, before holding on gamely to fend off the late charge of the second placed horse, who has since come out and won a class 2 mares’ hurdle at Newbury a week ago.

She is a very game horse who did so well to win last time out, but that race might have taken the zest out of her, however she comes off almost a 2-month break so she should be fresh and ready to go in this, a race that would have been the target all season.

Winner of this race last season, incredibly game to win by a nose at Ludlow last time out after complications at the start, she handles all conditions and looks set to win this race back-to-back, the class act who is the one to beat.

Doncaster - January 29 2022
Doncaster 14:10
James Bowen

Anna Bunina

J: James Bowen
T: John C McConnell
Age: 6
Weight: 11-2
OR: 135
Days: 28

One of the more exposed mares in the race who is coming over from Ireland, she hasn’t been seen in the winner’s enclosure since a length win at Sligo in August 2020, she has been running well in slightly better company than this at times but hasn’t got or looked to get her head in front in a while.

She ran out a creditable second in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle in April last year but was fairly well beaten by just under 4 lengths, behind a horse who hasn’t exactly franked the form since, but the horse in 3rd certainly has.

Tommy’s Oscar was half a length behind her in 3rd, who has since won four races on the bounce, including a Grade 2 Champion Hurdle trial at Haydock recently, and looks set to run in the Champion Hurdle in March with a decent chance, so the form in behind does look red hot coming out of that race.

The conditions will be in her favour and is 6lb better off than the favourite so should she run up to the Scottish Champion Hurdle run from last season, she could take the prize back to Ireland for a trainer who loves to raid these sorts of races in the UK.

Hasn’t exactly been in great form recently but ran a very good race in the Scottish Champion Hurdle last April and is 6lb better off than the favourite. Could run well and land this.

Doncaster - January 29 2022
Doncaster 14:10
Tom Bellamy

Western Victory

J: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle
Age: 9
Weight: 11-6
OR: 142
Days: 7

The second highest rated mare in the field, only had her first run for Emma Lavelle last weekend (At Ascot in the Grade 2 Mares Hurdle that Molly Ollys Wishes won) which is something to think about.

The ground was quite soft that day and she did finish a distant 4th out of 5 runners, beaten by over 30 lengths, but was very much eased down after 2 out and wasn’t given a hard time of things up the straight, with this race possibly in mind.

Emma Lavelle has had her horses in fine form recently so she will know what this horse wants, so they are obviously confident in how she has come out of that race just a week ago and is fresh enough at home to run in this.

She was previously trained by Declan Queally in Ireland and came to the UK fresh off a 3-mile hurdle victory at Clonmel last month, winning with ease by 11 lengths after making all to make sure it was a real contest.

She ran 11 times last year, which is quite a busy time for a jumps horse, but she is clearly thriving at present and is currently 8 wins in 32 starts under rules.

Having her second run for new yard, was a remote fourth last time out at Ascot just a week ago but she must be showing something at home to let connections run her in this. Should she be fresh and recovered from her last run, she will go well.

Doncaster - January 29 2022
Doncaster 14:10
Sean Quinlan

Miss Heritage

J: Sean Quinlan
T: Lucy Wadham
Age: 8
Weight: 11-2
OR: 127
Days: 10

Lucy Wadham is another trainer who has her horses in fine fettle this season, who has 17 winners already this season, operating at a 25% strike rate in the last 14 days and has the run to form percentage of 67%.

Miss Heritage was well fancied to win last time out but was a disappointing 3rd behind Voice Of Calm beaten by just under 5 lengths (Who was behind Miranda the time before) so looking at the form Miss Heritage has something to find with the head of the market, also take into consideration that she hasn’t won since February last year, with 7 runs between resulting in no victories.

She very rarely runs a really disappointing race, but she does need to step up in this Grade 2 contest against some in form mares.

Disappointed last time out but is 5 for 24 in rules career and is 6lb better off than the favourite but does have something to find with the head of the market. Placed effort looks to be the best she can achieve in this.

Doncaster - January 29 2022
Doncaster 14:10
Harry Skelton

Dazzling Glory

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 118
Days: 95

The lowest rated horse in the contest, who is 28 lbs lower than the favourite Miranda, but is only 6lbs better off than her. She is a two-time winner over hurdles already and is the least exposed runner but looking at ratings and previous form she has a lot to find with the rest of these.

Especially after a disappointing run in a class 4 mares handicap hurdle at Bangor last October, beaten by 30 plus lengths. That was a much lower class of race as she steps up to graded company for the first time in this so that draws question marks, but is only a 7yo so could come on good further down the line with more runs under her belt.

Lowest rated horse in the field who needs to step up her form to another level to land a blow in this, first time at Graded company so a massive step up in class, much more is required, and she might be best watched in this.


Jake Russell | @JakeRuss1000